THE CAPE WEEKLY TRIBUNE, CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI
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THE MELON GROWING BUSINESS.
Melon growers quite naturally are giving some thought to
the coming season's business ami it is well that advance consider
ation le given, owing to unsatisfactory experiences of the grow
ers throughout the country.
It is well-known that the cantaloupe and watermelon grow
ers of Colorado, in the famous Rocky Ford section, have equally
as much if not more trouble than do the growers in other parts
of tiie country. Last year in the Rocky Ford district there were
several thousand carloads of both varieties of the very fine melons
shipped, many of the growers dealing directly with commis
sion merchants. It is charged that the commission men in the
larger cities gloriously fleeced the growers, so that instead of
receiving a fine income for their product they did not get one
half what they should have had in fact the business was not
paying for the growers.
They have a few melon growers' associations in Colorado,
but they are not in accord with their members, hence the busi
ness is not what it .-hold be for all concerned, and the dealings
with the commission men is given credit for the cause of the
most of the trouble1.
The following, taken from the Scott County Banner, at
Morelv Mo., gives a little insight into the melon growing situa
tion here in Missouri.
"It is a fact well-known to every melon grower in this com
munity or county, for that matter, that an immense amount of
labor ami profit which rightfully belongs to the grower, goes
into the pockets of melon dealers each year. Of course it would
be practically impossible to eliminate this evil in one, or even
two seasons perhaps, but it can be done and only through organ
ization. Rut so long as growers continue in the same old chan
nel the same results will obtain. II. I'.. 1 )err, our county farm
adviser, who is now attending the farm adviser school at Colum
bia will be here about the first of next month and will take
the matter up with you and assist yon in an organization for
your own good."
THE EVER DANGEROUS SUBMARINE.
Abi'fUt t he time the question of safety is being dwelt Upon
to any' treat extent of the various dangerous unnatural devices
used for travel through the air or water, comes some shock
ing accident. This is illu-t rated in a marked way in connection
with an editorial appearing in the past week's issue of the Scien
tific American- and the announcement in The Tribune's late
news bulletins of .Monday of the loss of a submarine with II
men, oil Galveston, Texas.
The optimistic editorial fro in the popular scientific magazine,
in this particular instance, is worthy of rcporduct ion ami follows:
"lleplorable a- i the loss of life, amounting in the past III
years to some '()( otlicers ami men, which has occurred through
accidents to submarines. nm-i not allow these disasters to
shake our faith in the ellicieiiey and safety of the modern up-to-date
vessel of this type.
Ill the lir-l pl.-iee, it is siu n i liea n t that of the 77 men that
have been lo-t in the liiti-li srrviee. I he greater part
have ;toiie iloun in siil,in:irine-. of the earliest type built for that
navy, and known ;i- the A-l i l.i--. So. al-o. the di-astei- in the
the 1'reln Ii na haM '-( lieia I y happened to submarines of the
eaiTn r ami more or I,-- epi riim ntal type-. That even tlu-r!
cruder -e--e- c all be dpi I. ill d uilh safety U proved
by the laet that u e have in our own nav several submarines
of prac tic ally the -nine cle-inii :,- ll,o-e that have bet n lo-t in
the l!iili-h navy, ami yet we have mtr o-t a -ubniariue. nor
the lite of i -inu'e man.
"The -ul 'marine- which I. a e I urn I .nil t duriiiL' the pa-t four
or five year-, ami tho-e now under eoii-t ruel ion. are ureal lv:
supe rior to the lir-t -mailt i e--el-. A- a matter of faei.l
ainoim our own ol'ic i r- it i- con-ideied that no -pi cial ri-k at-'
laches he -ul. marine -erviee. i iiir submarine flotillas eome ami'
go a- they pha-e. ami do not hc-itate to make exteli-ivc deep
sea oaaes: a- uitlie-- the recent 7lHl-inile llip of -iMTal of the--craft
from Cuba to the Atlantic inlraiicc of the Panama 'anal..''
LATE I'l.ANTFl) COTTON AND THE ROIL WEEVIL.
Oera-ioua!!;. the theory i- announced tha the boll c il can
lie colli lulled b late 1 I ; I 1 1 1 1 1 i i'tttT than by early plalilil.c. of the
crop. The ( i i rn ii,. in liiir.au of Klituiuolotiv ha- conducted
many (periii.ini- to d. iimiin whet In r late planted foit..n will'
produce a - 'I -ilai 1"! .', c!"p. 'I ,e re-llll- have all bit Ii ,t iiat i e. '
The atb.ocatt- !:' late pi. nit iie.:. howe,-r. hae coiileudi 'I thai J
the epc riinelc - oi l!- 'department hae 1 1 , , I been comhlitid on aj
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CAPE GIRARDEAU'S GOOD STREETS.
I hat the splendid streets of the Capo are ahvavs command
ing attention from visitors goes without the saying, w'ill be gleaned
from the following comment contained in a first page article
of the past week's Tri-City Independent, Festus, Mo.;
"While in Cape Girardeau Sunday Citv Clerk Davidson and
Councilman Krater were the guests of Mr. I.oefTel, in a street
inspection tour throughout the city. Mr. I.oefTel is the 'Cape's
best known contractor ami takes ' pride in showing to visiting
city oflicials the grand streets that girdle the city in a net work
of thoroughfares ami making her .accessible from all points of
"The Cape boasts of streets eontsriicted of all manner of
material wood blocks, vitrified brick, asphalt, macadam, gravel,
rock and last but best.--concrete, both from the standpoint of
economy .as also durability. These concrete streets, among them
might be mentioned. Spanish, Good Mope, Independence,' Hann
over, Marie. North Pacific, Themis and Sprigg, some parts of
which have been subjected to much usage for six years are unusu
ally clean, dust free, as they slope to each curb line, enabling
the rains to wash off all manner of refuse. Thev tire built at a
surprisingly low coast and the life of their durability cannot be
questioned, for Spanish street, leading to the freight depots,
receives ten times the traffic that our Main street (hies, and today
yet the broom marks on the surface coatimr tire nlainlv visible.
Sprigg street, for a mile and a half, is subjected to the hard wear
of heavily loaded wagons from the rock quarries, ami cement
plant and holds her own.''
THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF LAND BEING MADE TILLABLE.
The fact that thousands of acres of splendid land which for
practically ages has been under water, anil now is being re
claimed by the immense drainage schemes that are under way is
bound to make the southern part of this state the best in "the
entire section of the country.
In all directions drainage business is being carried on in a
way that is certain to be of great profit to the land owners,
and quantities of land is beimr hrmnrfit. i
experience shows, it is producing the best crops.
in a receni edition ot the Ilayti Critic, the following state
ment along this same line is made.
"The best evidence thnt. tlii section ir.i,n..i.m j
rate, is the thousands of acres of land now being cleared. Be
tween here and Swifton, there are more than a thousand acres
more for cultivation this year than last year, and west of this
city a thousand acres of new ground will" be in cultivation this
season. We will not miss it far, when we state that within
the last six months more than two thousand acres of woodland
will be made ready for the spring planting.
"There remains many thousand acres of virgin land, but the
uncultivated land is not profitable, owing to the taxes, and the
holders are realizing this, and are either having it cleared or selling
it to parties who are able to put improvements on it. Slowly,
but surely, we are building the foundation for a larger Havti.
the cultivation of the lands about it."
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yielded liall pound- of -e c d i ..I ton pi r acre. (i. P. Cmi villi"!, planted
on Alay and ol'taimd t .m -t . ur. h of ;i bale nr acre. In P.I I I on
the same in 1 I Ic pro,iie, a half a bale per acre.
The illustrations that have been given show the general dilTer
ence between the early ami late planted cotton. The observations,
therefore, prove, in a av ty definite ay that late planted crops are
mire to be injured more -everdy than 'crops planted early.
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IS BOOK-LEARNING SO DISAGREEABLE?
It certainly must cause some of us to reflect on how we had
to peruse our books hack in college days when we read of students
of a noted university burning their university faculty in effigy,
then dumping their books into the bonfire in celebration of the
end of examination week. Can it be possible that sport can be
found in such acts? Maybe so. Rut what about the education
that has been gained in all the time that the same students have
been attending this .articular university? Reference is made to
the following news item taken from a recent issue of a St. Louis
"Three hundred and fifty Washington Universitv
students last night burned 'the universitv facultv in
! elligy to celebrate the end of the examination week.
After marching gleefully about the bonfire on tl am-
pus the students serenaded the coeds at McMillan Hall
with songs ami college yells.
"A figure representing the faculty was placed in a
eoflin ami carried to the bonfire by members of the
Lock ami Chain, a sophomore honorary society. Speeches
were made, after which the students' threw 'their books
into the fire. The bonfire has been an annual event at
the university since P,M I.",."
WHV NOT A FOG CONSUMER? !
In the inventor of a foy. consumer similar to some alleged
-moke consumers there i- a jjreal foituii" awaiting. Why not
invent soim t hiim von invent he ueniu-e-?
St. I.oiii-. like "pear ol' Lonuon". ha- it troubles really
alino-t every day in the week with this terrible fog. In fact J
il i a- bad as ver can he -ecu in the co.a-t cities where bit: is;
common and expected about eery luorninir. expecially in t heir !
winter -1 : i -1 1 1 . i
I acloiy smoke mixed with the natural accumulation of frnrj
that always is pri -i in in tally morniniis in la rue cities is ,Uon to
become all evil In be reckoned with, IccaU-e of the Illltllcr-oU-
accidents. I he cpt n-e of additional street lights, iiiiht invs stores, i
ami other ureal inconveniences, j
Whether or Hot all invention is possible for the ohviatioll of i
this terrible fog remains to develop, ami why not let some uf
the IMi nis, Mareotiis or other notables cut loose. I ' n b- Sam i
certainly would imt be averse to assisting financially -,!,., .,
humane project. :
PLAYGROUNDS FOR CHILDREN.
No city ot any importance in the country i- without spM, ioii-playground-
for the children. It's a mo-t worthy cause one
'hat will ever be fresh m the memory of the children. Thev
will always recall the da - of the ohl pla gn mm I- with niore
plea-iire than our forefathers do the old town lot where "shinnv":
"I w o old-cat " and similar games were played. Perhaps thechil
dn n ol' today know methimj of tin- gaiuts 'dad i;s,, t,, play."
Ne". er inimb t hose dear old game-. (live the ihihllcii plcnlv of
I n at him.: -pace. (iie them good, well eipiippeel pla v: n hi m Is
wl'ic their growing mu- h-- and limb- can be . it-s doped in tl,.
I.I po--iUe maiiihi- lor the din'n- I hi y will a little later havi
I" pi I llel til.
e trust thai i ape Girardeau will not be hi'Ling this spring'
- imiiier when comes t . arraiim luents, ,-r the pl.i gioiiml
li'i' " ii' be- and gin-. Truly thi- city wiil ma I lacking in
the- iieipoitant e t'iii al ioiia! eiittrpri-e thai has mi t with .-itch
la i r i hroii':' out t he i nt ire tauii.t ry.
AIRMEN HAVE A RIG JOB ON HANI).
Should the excellent supposed advertising scheme of the
Panama Imposition management prove the winner that is antici
pated undoubtedly it will be well repaid for the splutter that'
is being made during the past few days in the newspapers of'
the .oiintry. Fine and dandy advertising scheme, this. How1
far-reaching will the effort be? Few newspapers, especially those!
in the smaller towns, will fall lor anything of the kind. Of
course the bigger papers will grab at a straw for a news item
but such publicity which the expositon management is seeking
or as it seems to be, will not last long-expeciallv with the
Newspapers in the little towns over the country for the lat
, tew years haye solemnly resolved to shut out all this publicity
matter for which pay should be received. Unqucst ional.lv thev
are rigid, for the advertising revenue is the only source of liveli
hood of the majority of them.
Business men nisi, will agree that if this free publicity is to
l.c passed around the home merchant, or the home' insti
jtution should come in for its share of the pie-cutting. And they
are right absolutely right.
' OUR NAVY INFERIOR?
Reports from Washington that there is "m.pi.u- I
where" as to records showing the condition, equipment, etc., of
Uncle Sam's marine fighting outfit is quite enough to cause con
cern. It is contended that our fighting paraphernalia is not in keep
ing with that of other countries, according to the statistics shown
in the H)i:j year book ami, it is broadly hinted that some one
is responsible for something being left out of that report.
t Can it be possible that there is a traitor in the Govern
ment employ who would be so inconsiderate of the Govern
ment's best interests as to make such a blunder, or is it for some
purpose which the ordinary individual cannot fathom? Let it
be what it may, we will hope and trust that our navy and our
land fighters as well are as strong as those of anv other nation
on the globe ami we rather think they are repo'rts to the con
trary notwithstanding. Bring on a good scrap with Japan, or
any other country and we will see.
ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE SYMPHONY CLUB.
General approval of the proposition to organize a Symphony
( lull here should be sufficient encouragement to those who are
back of the mnvemont nt ,.wir. i r,. i.:. .i. ..i
- -;- -- ... i"i ;nwi mi jugn-ciass musical
affairs that will appeal to all classes. Nothing goes quite as far
in the entertainment line and to educate people as music We
also have some splendid talent here that is hard to beat, and that
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vww, turn,, mi.- uiiii,cii in spiencuti advantage.
There are noterl firtitst ihit i-Jih. tl,i l. ...,. ..w: ...i i i
. . int- eiii);e I lllll-.-l nnu nuuitl
tie only too proud to appear before such an audience as they un
doubtedly would have in the Cape. The big cities, to a certain
extent, hnvn firoil nf !., l,;..l, i .
em iiih,ii-i mss, eoucei is oecause in recent
years they have been Hooded with them. This is no indication
tn'jf- optiejtu orn t..A e i . ....
ii i " nuun, ior no vocausi or instrumentalist
Will bravo the st.'icrn nnlou
...... .... ... vi .-in- nine 10 I'nicitice i ne quality
of entertainment that the most critical and educated audience
nun- iv U'llJt.
Give us something good in the musical way and Cape people
surely will rally to its support.
PRESIDENT WILSON'S LADY VISITORS.
"Votes for Women" was surely t.mwt int tiw. i.,.ru !.:
dent Wilson and other Washington oflicials yesterday when a
bevy of some 100 women swooped down upon the White Houst
crowd, urging their cause. To make the display more effective
and to command greater attention from the president, banners
bearing extracts from the president's own books, were the attrac
tive features of the banners carried hv the u-ommi If
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did not have fun out of the proceedings it must have been tin
presitienr, ior anoui everybody else seemed to have fui
at Mr. Woodrow's expense. Whether or not the matter was taken
seriously is vet to be seen, but there is overv nii,n t. l..,li,.i-
that this display of women's onininn nml cli.vr.rti,.- i,;u i
"SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE."
One of the most interesting serial stories of the dayone
that will appeal to old and young alike will be started 'within
a very few days in The Daily Tribune.
So popular is this story in various sections of the country,
and in compliance with the demand for it, The Tribune has
secured the exclusive rights in this section, ami soon
will print the first chapter.
Do not fail to have your name on our subscription lis), if
is not already there, in time to get the very beginning of this
Earl Derr Riggers is the author of "Seven Keys to Raldpate"
and that he has won the hearts of the American people with
his interesting stories i ;, well-known fact.
SUBSCRIBERS RAPIDLY ENROLLING.
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Now that The Tribune is well established it would appreciate the
promised assistance from the thousands who were so anxious f,,r the
new paper. Our subscription department is open for business every
minute of the day ami we are proud to state, is kept busy. Vet, we
desire to enroll the names of uev subscribers as rapidly as piissiUe.
Abo, our friends may help us ,y sending in any news. We want
your help in every way, and thank you in advance.
FIRE LADDIES ON THE JOR.
('ape firemen are ever on the alert. It is seldom that the
laddies are so unfortunate as to let a blaze get the best of them
ami it has been a long time since we base had a serious blaze.
Records at the fire department headquarters show that the chaps
are on the job at a moment's notice when an alarm is turned
in -about one minute's time being all that is necessary for them
to be in action on the way or actually lighting a blaze.
One interesting case where advertising did not pay- ami the
only ease that has ever been recorded is where an Aurora, III., man
advertise , in his home paper daring the police to arrest him for build
ing a hiu-e without a permit, lie was promptly taken to iail.
St. bonis is planning mi an advertising campaign in Europe. It
has been mentioned that electric street siillis bon-tillg the big Mis
souri city would be tl.i pioper thiiin. hv tut send a few models
of the 'free" bridge'.'
Death of Senator .-hc-lby Moore ( ullom. who before hi- retire
ment W a- t he oldest 1 1 ii u I be T of t he 1". S. St hate. relHoVCS il prominent
hn ma ii lam 1 mark. Hi - i 'n i :, uator date e 'r,,!n sS; ),, ;,;;
lb- w a- a nat i e of Kt nt ud.y .
'alii'ornia temperature buing imdwint. r in Mi iri ami
in nian;. other stal.- ihi- -t a-oii i- -, i , nta i k.d de that -i.md'ody
w ill be w i it ing a -on..: about it pr, y r ,,r making im im: pid uri's
of 1 lie wt at hi muni's ant h -.
If St. bonis will biiii'.; the coming pageant, down the river the
Cape people might le indiiiid to hi.,' the river front some evening
when it is convenient to -pare tie time.
The American Federation of Labor has in view the greate
ever attempted that of unionizing all Federal employe.
The Cape would not so strenuously object to the factory
if more factories chose this citv for a location.
A little genuine weather now
best of men."
and then "is relished by the
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